We can consider ourselves lucky because our planet exists in a pretty safe region of the Cosmos. Although we have plenty of issues during our everyday lives, there are far bigger dangers out there lurking in the shadows.
Black holes are the most mysterious cosmic objects known – they have such powerful gravity that not even light can escape it, time simply stops within them, and so on. As you might have guessed already, black holes are extremely dangerous for any nearby cosmic object.
The Event Horizon Telescope spots a weird quasar
A peculiar quasar named 3C 279 was spotted by the Event Horizon Telescope, which means super-fast material shooting out from a nearby supermassive black hole.
However, the jets were working in a confusing way, as Jae-Young Kim explains, who is the leader of the research and an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany:
We knew that every time you open a new window to the universe you can find something new,
Here, where we expected to find the region where the jet forms by going to the sharpest image possible, we find a kind of perpendicular structure. This is like finding a very different shape by opening the smallest Matryoshka doll.
Thankfully, there’s no way the powerful jet can affect us since the quasar is located 5 billion light-years away. Since we’re seeing the celestial object the way it was 5 billion years ago, It probably even burned out in the meantime.
Quasars usually live between 100 million to 1 billion years, and it’s a mystery how 3C 279 got its weird shape. Astronomers are suspecting it could have something to do with the intersection with the accretion disk that surrounds the black hole.
However, further observations are needed to unveil the mystery fully, and we have all the faith that it will happen pretty soon.